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Granola with Pecans and Dried Fruit

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The recipe for this irresistible granola, from Laura Gidley-Feltz of Columbia, Illinois, was inspired by pecans from her family farm.

  • Yield: Makes 8 cups

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, December 2011

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit, such as cranberries or raisins
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Add oats and pecans; stir to combine. Divide mixture between sheets. Bake 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup coconut to each sheet; bake until mixture is golden brown, 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets. Stir in dried fruit and chocolate chips, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Store in airtight containers, up to 3 weeks.

Reviews Add a comment

  • packgirl
    12 APR, 2013
    GREAT RECIPE ! EASY AND I HAVE USED A COMBINATION OF PECANS AND ALMONDS. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES WITH THE DRIED FRUIT AS WELL.
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  • kmleblond
    3 FEB, 2012
    Yummy and so easy. A great way to use up the little bits of nuts left over from holiday baking too. I used macadamia and walnuts instead of pecans. Delish!
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  • cjgcricket
    23 DEC, 2011
    This is an awesome recipe! So easy and so delicious. I was making it for my Christmas gifts and my girls actually passed up Gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread and instead begged to have some granola!!
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